ABOUT THE RESCUE
FOUNDED: The Bridge Between Animal Rescue was founded and began in January 2022.
THE MEANING BEHIND THE NAME: When the founder, Carly, was handing off one of her fosters to its new adopters, she was crying, because no matter how many times you foster, you can get attached. During this moment, her mother asked her, "Why do you keep doing this if it brings you to tears?" and Carly answered, "They are never meant to stay with me. I'm just meant to be the bridge between their past and their future".
TAX STATUS: We are an approved 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible!
TAX ID: 87-4087956
ABOUT THE FOUNDER
Hi! My name is Carly, and I am the founder of The Bridge Between Animal Rescue. Founding an animal rescue has been a goal of mine ever since I realized animal rescue was my passion and purpose in this life. I have been fostering since my sophomore year of college, but my love of animals has been here long before I ever brought home my first foster dog.
I have never known a life without animals. My parents are both animal lovers themselves, so I was raised with a house full of dogs and cats. I also grew up on a small piece of land that had a good bit of woods. My family and I were always finding critters in need on our property. From opossums, to birds, rabbits, chipmunks, and more, we helped every animal that crossed our path, whether that meant helping them back to their nest, taking injured animals to wildlife rehabbers, reuniting strays with their owners, or taking in strays that needed a home. I grew up in a home where helping animals wasn’t an option, but a duty. My parents taught me that all life on this earth matters, no matter how physically small that life may be.
I adopted my first personal dog my freshman year of college. I wasn't looking to add a new dog into my life, but life works in mysterious ways. Levee is a Catahoula Leopard Dog mix. He was part of an accidental litter, and was being given away for free. When I met him, something sparked inside me, and as cheesy as it sounds, I know he is my soul dog, and he was meant to be my best friend in this life. He has been there through it all. Whenever I needed a shoulder to lean on, or a friend to hop in the car and adventure with, he was there, and still is. Levee has been a huge inspiration in my animal rescue journey, because I truly believe everyone needs a best friend like the one I have, and I want to help people find their Levee.
After going through a handful of fosters, I was ready for Levee to have a friend that was here to stay, and I adopted Banks - a full blooded Catahoula female who came from a rehoming situation in Pennsylvania. Banks is living proof that you can rescue a full blooded dog if you have patience. Banks keeps Levee and I on our toes, because she is full of life and adventure. Banks is one of those dogs that was lucky to escape the shelter. Her anxiety, fearfulness, and high energy have been a challenge, but I thank God everyday that she is mine, because I would never give up on her, and do my best to set her up for a successful and happy life. She also inspires my animal rescue journey, because she taught me how important it is to make sure an animal is adopted into a home that is fit for them. I am now a believer in human- pet matchmaking versus first come first serve when it comes to adoption.
I finally foster failed in 2023, adopting a small cattle dog mix named Buoy. I didn't think I'd add a third dog to the pack, but Buoy filled a void I didn't know was there, and now I finally understand what it is like to foster fail. Aside from my three heart dogs, I also have two horses, two cats, and two guinea pigs. My hands and heart may seem full, but there is so much more room for the ones who come and go. Before starting this rescue, I started a social media page called “Carly’s Critters” that helped me network with many local rescues and people involved in the rescue community. There are so many animals in need that I want to help, which is part of the reason I wanted to expand my mission, and start my own nonprofit organization. I have already been blown away with the animal rescue community I’ve become a part of, and I can’t wait to watch this organization grow and save the lives of as many animals as possible!
OUR MISSION AND BELIEFS
Here at The Bridge Between, our mission is helping abandoned, neglected, fearful animals find a perfect home. Our belief is that we are the bridge between their past and their future. This includes anyone involved in the animals' rescue journey. Whether you are a rescue, a foster, a transport ride, a shelter volunteer, a donator - you name it. We are all apart of the bridge that gets these animals from one place to the next.
From neglected to loved.
From sick to healthy.
From homeless to adopted.
From broken to happy.
We are the bridge between those two places.
Here at The Bridge Between, we also believe in the power of the community. We are all working together for the same goal, and couldn't do it without those who get involved. We are very involved with our rescue community through hosting fundraisers, helping spread the importance of spay and neuter, and helping network all animals to potential adopters.